As expected, the highlights to the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R are the inclusions of titanium con-rods, a lightened flywheel, DLC-coated rocker-arms, a four-point adjustable swingarm pivot-point, a 500 rpm rev boost, and a bit more power (courtesy of a full-system race exhaust and ECU).
While the “R” spec Panigale officially makes the same power as the other models, the race exhaust included with the purchase of the machine is good for a few more ponies up top, giving the Ducati 1199 Panigale R a 201hp top figure, a modest 6% gain up top, but also a 15% increase in the midrange.
Like all Panigales, the Ducati 1199 Panigale R has ABS, ride-by-wire throttle control, traction control, engine braking control, and features all the amenities on the “S” spec model, like the DDA+ data logging system.
At 416 lbs wet, the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R is the lightest superbike in Bologna’s fleet, which includes the 2013 Ducati Superbike 848 EVO Corse SE, which is 430 lbs.
Despite its class-leading maximum power and minimal weight, we imagine there are still going to be some Ducatisti who were expecting more from Ducati’s flagship homologation special.
The consolation to that sentiment is the pricing on the Ducati 1199 Panigale R, which is set at a “reasonable” $29,995 in the US market.